Elastometry and clinical results after bipolar radiofrequency treatment of skin

All of the 44 patients treated with one fractional RF treatment saw improvement in wrinkles on the lower part of the face. Those treated also saw improved elasticity, according to a blind assessment by three physicians.

PubMed Reference:Willey A, Kilmer S, Newman J, et al. Dermatol Surg. 2010 Jun;36(6):877-84.

Study Details:

  • 44 patients (41 females, 3 males)
  • 1 Fractional RF (FRF) treatment session to thermal zones on lower part of face (see gray area in figure)
  • Elasticity measurements
  • 3 physicians - blinded assessment of digital photos

Study Results:

  • 100% of patients showed improvement in wrinkles (Fitzpatrick Wrinkle Scale)
  • 96% of patients reported 'moderate to dramatic' benefit
  • Significant improvement in elasticity (3 months)